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Last time I did death metal. Next time will be more death metal. As an interlude and a diversion, I offer you my top choice of jazz and jazz-related albums of the year so far. Once again I’m wearing my Other Music Guy hat that my colleagues at Metal State made for me. It has pictures of bunnies and kittens on it.
Most jazz doesn’t slot easily into most metal brains. There are, however, metal lovers whose tastes are broad. Yes, some of you even like jazz, or at least the better rock, prog or metal with a jazzy flavor. If you have a sense of adventure and exploration, try this bunch. They are five very different types of music. Jazz has numerous sub-genres, just as metal does.
You may note I’ve given the highest rating to all of these picks.
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Song Of The Week: Jamie Lenman – It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman/All The Things You Hate About Me I Hate Them Too
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The charismatic Jamie Lenman (ex-Reuben) is certainly an interesting encounter, both musically and visually. A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to experience his unusual style of alternative-hardcore-big band-jazz at a festival, and together with his Heavy Mellow Band he gave us a unique, fast-paced performance that I’ll never forget. His solo album that was released last year contains two discs, each one having its own distinct style. In this video there are two tracks, one from each disc.
A taste of Mr Lenman for all of you lovely readers (don’t let the first 2 minutes scare you away!):
This interesting tidbit was sent to us some weeks ago and while not the most ‘metal’ thing in the world, maybe some of you out there will get a kick out of it, I know I did. Basically it’s a trilogy of E.P.s by an instrumental band called Robot Monkey Arm which pay homage to great film scores like the ones you would hear in a Spaghetti Western, ’70s Exploitation Flick, or cheesy Sci-Fi movie. The band doesn’t do exact covers, but instead uses the atmospheres of the scores to create some cool atmospheres in their original scores. In the music you get an eclectic mix of metal, funk, prog, surf rock, chiptune, and jazz, and it’s all a damn good time on each tune. My favorite of the bunch is a tune called “Cinema Vomitif” where there is this whole ‘James Bond does Mortal Kombat in Hell after ingesting a couple tabs of blotter acid’ feel to it.
So, if you dig movie scores, especially those of the ’60s and ’70s, and experimental music, do give this E.P. Trilogy a listen. And as always, if you dig it pass the good word onto your buddies and stuff. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Some may call this heresy punishable by the highest form of capital punishment, but whatever, I think de-metalized covers of songs are cool and fun. Truth be told, being able to write a song that can be deconstructed and put back together with a completely different style and still be a great tune shows great songwriting skills on part of the original writer(s). Here are what I consider the best of the best of un-metalized cover songs ranging from jazz interpretations, acoustic renditions, and surf rock extravaganzas. Hope you all get as much of a kick out of these covers as I do. Know of some other great de-metalized covers, let me know down in the comments. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
How to describe this record, hmm. OK, Trioscapes, a band made up 3 insanely talented musician (Dan Briggs of BTBAM on bass, Walter Fancourt on saxophone and flute, and Matt Lynch on drums and electronics) that play a fun and crazy form of psychedelic jazz fusion progressive metal on their debut record Separate Realities. The record sounds like if you were to take Frank Zappa, Rush, late 70’s early 80’s era King Crimson, some famous jazz fusion artist I don’t know, BTBAM, and Primus and put them in a blender with a ton of happy pills. The results come out something quite unique and very refreshing. From front to back there is never a dull moment in the time melding assaults and groove laden jazz freakouts. If you’re looking for something upbeat and different to listen to, I have a feeling you will be loving this record, especially if you are a prog fan.
A few weeks ago I posted a song by sax fronted instrumental jazz prog metal band featuring Dan Briggs of BTBAM on bass, Trioscapes. They have released that same song, “Blast Off”, as a video in a live studio setting. You can also check out “Wazzlejazzlebof” off their upcoming release, Separate Realities, below. The record is due to hit stores on May 8th, 2012. I have a feeling that this will be a quite saxy record you do not want to miss. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!
Genre bending in metal isn’t a new thing. Tons of bands do it, tossing bits of other contrasting musical genres in with their brand of metal. Death metal with bag pipe breakdowns, doom infused with funk bass lines, power metal diving into classical music sections, and so on. There is also metal mixed with other forms of metal. I guess you could say that heavy metal is the melting pot of music as there doesn’t seem to be one genre of music that it won’t work with. Tokyo’s Sigh look to take this statement to the extreme with their new album In Somniphobia. A staggering number of musical genres makes an appearance on this record (various styles of jazz taking the forefront) all backed by a black metal and NWOBHM core. This makes an album that is not only rich in content but also a refreshing joy to listen to.
While Between the Buried and Me are gearing up to get their upcoming album out into the fans hands, their bassist Dan Briggs has teamed up with his friends Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums) to form the band Trioscapes. Alls I gots to say is that this here song, “Blast Off”, that they’ve released from their forthcoming album, Separate Realities, is nothing short of pure, unadulterated awesomeness. If you found yourself digging on stuff like Liquid Tension Experiment, and Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai but wished there was saxophone instead of guitars, here you go. I am totally pumped up for when this record hits on May 8th, 2012. You can pre-order the record through Metal Blade Records here. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Here’s a bit from the press release on how the band came together.
Trioscapes started in the summer of 2011 when bassist Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me) contacted Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums) about working up a rendition of the Mahavishnu Orchestra classic “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters.” The group also messed around with a few original ideas with the intent of playing a one-off live show.
However, after rehearsing the material and playing the show, the group decided the music was so demanding and fun to perform that there should be more of a future for the project. A few more songs were written near the end of the summer and a full length album was recorded the first week of October with Jamie King in Winston-Salem, NC. Trioscapes combines elements of 70s fusion with progressive rock, dark syncopated grooves, a flare for the psychedelic, and an unabashed love for both quirky Zappa-ish melodies and thunderous abrasive trade-off lines.
Trioscapes currently has one show confirmed for this May to celebrate the release of the CD on Metal Blade Records. The 12″ LP is also available via Dan Briggs’s own Hogweed & Fugue Records. Both will be available for purchase at this show. More shows are currently being confirmed.
Yesterday I read a post on another metal blog that I frequent, Heavy Blog is Heavy(you can read the post here). Upon reading that post a wave of fun and stupid memories from my high school days in the 90’s came flooding back into my mind as the authors talked about this very special album. What I was reading was a throwback to an album that I could honestly say had a major, if not the most important, impact on me and how my musical tastes developed into what they are today. That album is the self titled debut L.P. from Mr. Bungle.
Ever since their first album Opeth have been constantly evolving their sound and tossing bits of inspiration from different forms of music into their sound on each album. One thing that can be said about Opeth is they have never grown stale nor unoriginal. While each album has a different feel from the one preceding it, they have all maintained the “Opeth” sound and one can listen to any of their albums and say, “Yup, that’s an Opeth album.” This year they have put forth their tenth studio record, Heritage, and it is the largest departure from their core sound, and while it may have taken a turn away from the well-known “metal” side of Opeth it is still very much an Opeth record through and through.